Ajax played to a tie in a closed friendly game against Hull City. After tying the UEFA Champions League third-round preliminary game against Nice, the reserves from that match had the opportunity to build up some valuable playing time. This way, Marcel Keizer could ensure that his entire team could be fit, and playing at the right level. Frenkie de Jong, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Vaclav Cerny scored the goals against Hull City.
After just five minutes, Ajax went down. After central defender Leon Bergsma has deflected the ball poorly, former AZ player Markus Henriksen took advantage. Not even two minutes later, Cerny got the ball on his hip. With a nice dribble past three Hull defenders, he created an opportunity for De Jong, who, via an English leg, had luck on his side and scored: 1-1.
After that, there were several good opportunities for the visiting team, led by Russian coach Leonid Sloetski. A mistake by Noussair Mazraoui led to an opportunity for Abel Hernandez. The Uruguayan player, however, was unable to capitalize on this. One minute later, it was once again Henriksen who created danger, but he stumbled onto keeper Benjamin van Leer.
After surviving these opportunities for The Tigers, Ajax found its game rhythm. In the 17th minute, De Jong launched Mitchell Dijks with a cross-pass. The left back passed the ball ahead, after which Huntelaar found the goal: 2-1.
After the break, Mateo Cassierra was brought in for Mazraoui. The Colombian played as Huntelaar’s shadow, as second striker. Seven minutes into the second half, Cerny increased Ajax’s lead. The left winger shot on a pass from De Jong, sending the ball past keeper Allan McGregor, 3-1.
Thirteen minutes before time, Darren Sidoel came in for left back Dijks. He relieved Damil Denkerlui of the central defense position, and the latter moved over to the left wing. Shortly before this swap, Hull City had scored, 3-2, thanks to a dry low shot by Daniel Batty. In the 85th minute, the youthful Ajax team gave away the lead. James Weir tied the game at de Toekomst sports complex.
Score summary: 5. Henriksen 0-1, 7. De Jong 1-1, 17. Huntelaar 2-1, 53. Cerny, 3-1, 76. Batty 3-2, 85. Weir 3-3
Ajax line-up: Van Leer, Zeefuik, Dankerlui, Bergsma, Dijks (77. Sidoel), Eiting, De Jong (88. Flemming), Mazraoui (45. Cassierra), Neres, Huntelaar, Cerny